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Butterfield 8 (Modern Library Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780812966985
ISBN10: 0812966988
Condition: Student Owned
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A bestseller upon its publication in 1935, Butterfield 8 was inspired by a news account of the discovery of the body of a beautiful young woman washed up on a Long Island beach. Was it an accident, a murder, a suicide? The circumstances of her death were never resolved, but O'Hara seized upon the tragedy to imagine the woman's down-and-out life in New York City in the early 1930s.

O'Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape character, Fran Lebowitz writes in her Introduction. With brash honesty and a flair for the unconventional, Butterfield 8 lays bare the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. The result is a masterpiece of American fiction.

Review:

"A man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well." Ernest Hemingway

Review:

"Like Henry James, O'Hara could create a world where class and social strictures are all-important but not openly discussed." The Village Voice

Synopsis:

The writer whom Fran Lebowitz compared to the author of The Great Gatsby, calling him “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald,” makes his Penguin Classics debut with this beautiful deluxe edition of his best-loved book.

One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John OHaras crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, OHaras iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream—and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.

 

Synopsis:

The writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” makes his Penguin Classics debut with this beautiful deluxe edition of his best-loved book.

One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John OHaras crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, OHaras iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream—and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.

 

About the Author

John O'Hara was born in 1905. He published his first novel, Appointment in Samarra, before he was thirty. He wrote fourteen novels, including Pal Joey, A Rage to Live, and Ten North Frederick, for which he won the National Book Award. John O'Hara died in 1970.

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daniel_angulo_1, October 2, 2006 (view all comments by daniel_angulo_1)
The human condition is one that doesn't improve with technology. As inspired and relevant today as it was when it was written this story comments not only on social norms and stigma, but on the tragedy of forbidden affairs. When physical and emotional ties are cut by the silent laws of society the weak fall prey to the one thing that promises to comfort them...love. In a world that moves faster and becomes more artificial each day one can't help but relate to this tale of woe, it is the tale of anyone who has ever ventured to seek there authentic hearts desire and not a status symbol that has been imagined for them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812966985
Author:
O'Hara, John
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Introduction by:
Lebowitz, Fran
Introduction:
Lebowitz, Fran
Author:
Goldleaf, Steven
Author:
McGrath, Charles
Author:
Doctorow, E. L.
Author:
Gower, Neil
Author:
Lebowitz, Fran
Author:
Stein, Lorin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Publication Date:
20130430
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Modern Library - English 9780812966985 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well."
"Review" by , "Like Henry James, O'Hara could create a world where class and social strictures are all-important but not openly discussed."
"Synopsis" by ,
The writer whom Fran Lebowitz compared to the author of The Great Gatsby, calling him “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald,” makes his Penguin Classics debut with this beautiful deluxe edition of his best-loved book.

One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John OHaras crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, OHaras iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream—and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
The writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” makes his Penguin Classics debut with this beautiful deluxe edition of his best-loved book.

One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John OHaras crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, OHaras iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream—and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.

 

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